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    your views on the forgotten man of `99....

    defensive co-ordinator of a unit made up of relatively unknowns,journeymen with the odd good draft pick mixed in that produced more than i think has ever truly been credited to them in the shadow of our GSOT offense .....peter giunta!

    seems like nobody mentions him so i thought id bring his name up!


    your opinions please?


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    Re: your views on the forgotten man of `99....

    The best defense is a good offense. Guinta was fired after a horrible 2000 season in which the rams defense was just awful from week one on. People talk about martz not deserving credit, i really dont see what credit guinta deserves. Every nfl defensive coordinator will look pretty good if they have a 14-0 lead in the first quarter basically every week.

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    Re: your views on the forgotten man of `99....

    i know it blew up the year after `99 but thought he deserved atleast a mention for `99!

    hey it gotta be a better topic than talking about our beloved Bruce and Holt getting stuck in quicksand....i thought everything goes after that!!!

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    Re: your views on the forgotten man of `99....

    The 1999 defensive unit was ranked 6th overall, if I'm not mistaken. That's pretty darn good. I would like to see our 2007 version ranked that high.:r

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    Re: your views on the forgotten man of `99....

    laram, i am very very confident that if the 2007 offense scores points like the 1999 offense did, our defense will be dramatically improved, although i dont know about 6th overall!

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    Re: your views on the forgotten man of `99....

    As my esteemed colleague, GC, has already pointed out.....that '99 D had a huge advantage; the '99 O. Those GSOT teams jumped ahead early forcing opponents to play catch up. That forces their offense to go one dimensional, either lessening or basically abandoning the run game. Once that happens, any defense can start to look better. The higher an opponents pass to run percentage goes, the better the D usually does (from '99: Rams 64%, Tampa 61%, Ravens 60%, Tenn 59%, Indy 58%). But if a team is allowed to run more often, ie. lower that percentage, teams tend to struggle (Clev. 46%, Arizona 48%, Atlanta 48%)

    No Defense saw fewer run attempts and a higher pass to run ratio than the Rams.
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    Re: your views on the forgotten man of `99....

    We had London Fletcher, Dre Bly, Kevin Carter, and big hit Billy Jenkins on that squad. The first three were very good on that team.

    We don't have the same talent on this squad as we did on that team. I think Bly is better than Hill, Carter was much better than any DT we have now, and Fletcher was the heart and soul of the defense, something that has been drastically missing.

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    Re: your views on the forgotten man of `99....

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan View Post
    We had London Fletcher, Dre Bly, Kevin Carter, and big hit Billy Jenkins on that squad. The first three were very good on that team.

    We don't have the same talent on this squad as we did on that team. I think Bly is better than Hill, Carter was much better than any DT we have now, and Fletcher was the heart and soul of the defense, something that has been drastically missing.
    Bly did a fine job at the nickel back his rookie year, Carter was Leonard Little while Little was still a LB, and while working in with Clemons, Collins and Jones, Fletcher was Fletcher (in fact, he only got better after '99).

    But where did all that talent go in '00?
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    Re: your views on the forgotten man of `99....

    i don't know, it wasn't my turn to watch them.

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